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Essential Peru

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13 Days
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US$ 6,380

Find panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, not to mention a rich history, archaeology, wildlife and culture. Spend time uncovering amazing Peru.


Few trips fire the imagination like a Peru vacation. Incredible scenery, bustling colonial cities and the majestic ruins of ancient empires all combine to create South America’s most iconic destination. Spend 13 days visiting the highlights including Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley, beautiful Arequipa and of course, Machu Picchu!

The UNESCO listed ‘white city’ of Arequipa is your first stop, so named after its distinctive white sillar stone architecture. From Plaza de Armas, the main square, visit Museum Santuarios Andinos, home to the ‘Juanita’ mummy. The city’s highlight however is Convento de Santa Catalina, Peru’s most important religious building. This ‘city within a city’ is its own unique bubble of history, preserved in enchanting streets and beautiful colours.

Get a feel for the majesty of the Andes at Colca Canyon. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, this is an area where locals retain their ancestral traditions – unique within Peru – watched over by Andean Condors. Visit Puno, on the edge of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. A morning excursion takes you to meet the Uro people of the Reed Islands, followed by Taquile Island, where residents are renowned for their fine handwoven textiles and handicrafts – and for their clear division between men (who knit) and women (who make yarn and weave).

A World Heritage Site and gateway to the Sacred Valley, Cuzco was once capital of the Inca Empire. The surrounding area is filled with amazing ruins, including Ollantaytambo, a major religious centre for the Incas, and Pisac, noted for its varied markets. Stay overnight before heading up to explore Machu Picchu!

Perched 8,000 feet above sea level, Peru’s star attraction is a spectacular 15th century ruin, known to outsiders for just over a century. In fact, much of its purpose within Inca civilization remains a mystery. There are many sites to explore, each with its own story – told with varying degrees of accuracy and imagination! If you’re feeling energetic and time allows, hike to the peak of Wayna Picchu for a truly stunning view.


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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,380

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Day 1

Arrive Lima

Upon arrival at Lima, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

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    Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel



    The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima is located in an exclusive residential area. The hotel provides easy access for all that is best about Lima and is renowned for its beautiful setting with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel combines personalised service, ...

    The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima is located in an exclusive residential area. The hotel provides easy access for all that is best about Lima and is renowned for its beautiful setting with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel combines personalised service, exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Lima to Arequipa

At scheduled time, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport to take the departure flight.

Upon arrival at Arequipa, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel.

This tour starts in the Main Square, which is surrounded by the city's most representative buildings. This is followed by a visit to the Jesuit church, the oldest and most important example of religious architecture employing sillar. Then on to Santa Catalina Convent, founded in 1580, with its cloisters, picturesque streets and plazas that remain the same as they were centuries ago. You will also learn about the lives of the select group of nuns who lived there. Afterwards, a visit to the Santuarios Andinos Museum at Santa María Catholic University, where the mummy Juanita or the "Lady of Ampato" is kept, an Inca adolescent sacrificed to the mountain deities -Apus- who was found on Mount Ampato after being buried in the ice for around 500 years.

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Duration1 Night
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Costa Del Sol Wyndham Arequipa

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    Costa Del Sol Wyndham Arequipa



    For a blissful stay in Peru's "White City," join the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa, located in the Selva Alegre District near the main square. Just nine kilometers from Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP) and offer a free airport shuttle, which makes flying in and ...

    For a blissful stay in Peru's "White City," join the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa, located in the Selva Alegre District near the main square. Just nine kilometers from Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP) and offer a free airport shuttle, which makes flying in and out of the area a breeze. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by the warm staff and served a refreshing welcome drink. The comfortable guest rooms and amenities--including free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and fitness center--keep you completely relaxed throughout your stay. Plus, you can indulge in unique fusion cuisine and creative cocktails at the on-site restaurant and bar. Also, the hotel feature ample event space for meetings, conferences, and special occasions.

    Right outside its doors, the city of Arequipa is waiting to be explored. Stroll around the historic center, visit the countryside to see towering volcanoes, or venture out on a day trip to the stunning Colca Canyon. The hotel offers the perfect home base for discovering southern Peru, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the east.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 3

Arequipa to Colca Canyon

You will leave your hotel and start with an unforgettable trip. Go through the town of Yura, through the Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve. Make a stop at Patahuasi to freshen up before heading to Chivay, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel's facilities.

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Duration2 Nights
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Belmond Las Casitas

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    Belmond Las Casitas



    Belmond Las Casitas is Peru's hidden gem, a luxury hotel and spa set in the peace and serenity of the Colca Canyon, one of the most visually stunning destinations in the world. Nestled in truly unique surroundings, Belmond Las Casitas boasts twenty private casitas or ...

    Belmond Las Casitas is Peru's hidden gem, a luxury hotel and spa set in the peace and serenity of the Colca Canyon, one of the most visually stunning destinations in the world. Nestled in truly unique surroundings, Belmond Las Casitas boasts twenty private casitas or cottages and an opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Peru. Spend time in harmony with the Colca Canyon, its nature and community, complete with the freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Fireplace
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 4

Colca

You will head towards the Cross of the Condor, the best location to admire the Colca Canyon and -if weather allows it- you will get the chance to observe the majestic flight of the condors. On your way back, you will visit the colorful towns of Pinchollo and Maca, before arriving at Chivay, where you will have lunch. Then, you will have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel's optional activities or to take a walk through the Uyo Uyo ruins. Finally, you will return to your hotel in Colca to enjoy dinner and rest.

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Day 5

Colca Canyon to Puno

You will visit the town of Coporaque, where you will walk towards the San Antonio ruins. Then, you will go through the Chivay Indian Market, before returning to the city. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious lunch in Chivay before leaving to Arequipa, stopping in Patapampa along the way, where you will observe 8 volcanoes at 360 degrees. Finally, you will depart to your hotel in Puno. Visit Sillustani on way.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca

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    GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca



    Located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the hotel is only five minutes away from downtown Puno, 45 minutes from the Manco Capac International Airport in Juliaca and two hours from the Bolivian border. The ...

    Located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the hotel is only five minutes away from downtown Puno, 45 minutes from the Manco Capac International Airport in Juliaca and two hours from the Bolivian border. The hotel has 123 elegantly decorated rooms and provides all the services expected of a luxury hotel. The hotel has a private dock, allowing you to leave comfortably for all the lake's destinations.

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    • Business Centre
    • Gift Shop
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Day 6

Lake Titicaca

Today, you will have your excursion to Amantani Island, located at an elevation of 4150 meters and famous for its terraced hillsides where its people used to farm. Pre-Incan peoples claimed that this island was a sacred place, and that is why, if you allow it, you can feel its mystical energies flow around you. Upon arrival, the locals will welcome you, leading you to your homestay accommodations, where they will show you their day to day activities, like weaving, farming, mystical ceremonies, and others. Next on the itinerary is a stopover at the handicraft center and the main square. Then, it's time for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, before returning to Puno, you will visit the famous floating Uros Islands made out of reeds, whose inhabitants still live according to the customs of their ancestors.

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Day 7

Puno to Cusco

Early in the morning transfer to the bus station.

Leave the station at the start of a bus journey to Cusco; on route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the valley south of Cusco. First stop is Andahuaylillas, which has a beautiful 17th Century church containing an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After that, the ruins at Racchi -also known as the "Temple of Wiracocha"- the different zones of which were used for different purposes. After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, basically a military camp that also functioned as an administrative center.

Upon arrival at Cusco, assistance and transfer to the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

La Casona Inkaterra

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    La Casona Inkaterra



    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and ...

    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. Eleven suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

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Day 8

Cusco

Day at leisure.

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Day 9

Cusco to Sacred Valley

The excursion starts at Sacsayhuamán fortress, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Then heading towards the town of Pisac to tour its impressive archaeological site on the mountain top, one of the most important in the Valley, featuring incredible terraced hillsides and a high degree of urban planning. After the tour, you will descend to the town and spend some time in the local market, interacting with the people, observing the local identity, and doing a little shopping.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Tambo Del Inka Sacred Valley

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    Tambo Del Inka Sacred Valley



    This hotel is part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection and is 15 kilometers away from Cusco. It is the most luxurious and largest hotel in the magical Sacred Valley and it overlooks the banks of the lovely Vilcanota River. The luxury spa offers pampering ...

    This hotel is part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection and is 15 kilometers away from Cusco. It is the most luxurious and largest hotel in the magical Sacred Valley and it overlooks the banks of the lovely Vilcanota River. The luxury spa offers pampering massages and therapeutic treatments using ancient Incan ingredients. The professional staff go to every length to ensure an indelible stay, offering refined dining, a therapeutic spa, and premier fitness center, along with an emerald lagoon and blooming riverside gardens.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
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    • Restaurant(s)
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Chincheros with Weaving Demonstration and Ollantaytambo Fortress

A visit to the village of Chinchero to the north west of Cusco. This picturesque village was an important Inca centre and is known for the traditional Andean weaving techniques still used by its people. Wearing traditional clothes, the people of Chinchero meet in the Main Square to sell local handicrafts to visitors -a colourful and beautiful spectacle. Then on to Ollantaytambo, an Inca military, religious and agricultural centre built on a mountain summit. There you can see the narrow streets of the eponymous village, together with canals unchanged since the Inca Empire. Lunch is included.

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Day 11

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

At schedule time transfer to the train station.

A visit to one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. The excursion starts with a train trip to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. The natural beauty of the surroundings makes the train the best way to start your visit. When you arrive, you will start the ascent to the ruins, which will without a doubt be one of your most unforgettable experiences. At Machu Picchu you can see every part of one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, with free time to explore on your own, relax and take some impressive photos.

Lunch in Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

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Duration1 Night
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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

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    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu



    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the best hotel by which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Offering luxury accommodation, simply composed Peruvian cuisine with delightful little touches, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu ...

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the best hotel by which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Offering luxury accommodation, simply composed Peruvian cuisine with delightful little touches, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 12

Machu Picchu to Cusco

Visit the Machu Picchu archaeological site for a second time with your guide.

Lunch at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

At schedule time, board the train to Ollantaytambo.
At arrival, transfer from the Train Station to the Hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

La Casona Inkaterra

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    La Casona Inkaterra



    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and ...

    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. Eleven suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

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    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 13

Cusco to Lima to Onward Travels

At scheduled time, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport to take the departure flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All airport transfers
  • All transport in private vehicle
  • Private local guides
  • All Accommodation
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Bus transfers to and from the ruins
  • Colca entrance
  • Bus or train from Puno to Cusco
  • All meals as listed

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent at $10 a night) if Inca Trail option taken
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport and Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals where not listed
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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